We are looking forward to Physical Separation 2017, set to be another well prepared and arranged MEI Conference.
Areas of significant interest include ore sorting techniques, where technological advances have resulted in capital and operating costs reductions, enabling primary upgrading of ore. This can result in doubling the feed head grade of many deposits. Understanding the mineralogy and liberation is essential for these processes to work efficiently, which is where we are currently focussing a great deal of effort in collaboration with Petrolab (another Cornish company, based in Redruth). Upgrading prior to grinding and processing can give significant reduction in plant operating costs albeit at the expense of some recovery. Mineral identification, quantification and size estimation is a theme that runs through all physical separations and is a key technique we use in most of our project evaluation work. These techniques also apply to all the subjects included in the Physical Separation programme.
Following Day 1 of the conference and the Guided Coast Path Walk we’ll be buying a round at the The ‘Front, Custom House Quay Falmouth, TR11 3JT, Thursday 15th June. See you there!
Keep in touch to see how these themes develop and extend across MEI’s Flotation ’17, Comminution ’18 and Process Mineralogy events. We are proud to be sponsoring Comminution ’18.